I love to try different meals. I’m the opposite of picky when it comes to my meals: I enjoy trying everything. Though I have my favorites, I’m more likely to go for the meal I haven’t tried yet, especially if it sounds like it has a lot of flavor.
But then there are my kids. My picky, wanting the same meals over and over again, kids. (With the exception of my youngest, who is maybe even more adventurous than I am when it comes to trying meals).
So when I’m trying to plan our meals, I tend to go with what I know they’ll eat, maybe adding something a little twist here and there, but mostly sticking with classic “kid food” because at the end of the day, I’m too tired for an argument over food.
But, right now, I’m sitting here with a completely satisfied belly, full of shrimp maki bowl with a wasabi-ginger mayo. And no, my husband didn’t stop and pick up take-out on the way home. I made this, in very little time, with very little effort.
I’m sure, by now, you’ve heard about home delivery food service, where the ingredients for meals is delivered right to your door and you make them at home. I just tried Home Chef meal kit delivery service and it was so easy and delicious! (I decided to order meals for my husband and me, and let the kids eat their usual meals)
Last week, I logged in and selected the meals I wanted delivered this week(though Home Chef had some automatically selected for me based off my profile, where I noted my food preferences) and a box was delivered to my door, with all the ingredients ready for me and meal cards with the directions and tips printed on them (along with a binder where I can keep all my recipes).
I decided which meal I wanted to make and followed the easy instructions. I chose to make the Shrimp Maki Bowl first.
The prep time, degree of difficulty (easy in this case), calories (476), and spice level(medium) were all noted. It took me a little less than a half hour from start to finish to make this meal. My husband has already asked if we can order this one again or if I can use the recipe card to make this another time.
It is nice that you can use the recipe cards to duplicate these recipes at home if you want, but the convenience of having everything delivered to your door in the portions you need it in (it’s not like you go buy 2 green onions or 2oz of matchstick carrots) was so nice, taking something off my already long to-do list.
I’m going to be making hummus-crusted chicken and spinach and parmesan stuffed mushrooms later this week from our Home Chef meal kit delivery service. There are different options each week that can include appetizers like the mushrooms, or breakfast, or fruit. If there was a week when you knew you needed to prepare a meal for company, you could change the portion size of the meal you chose from Home Chef to match the number of guests and easily prepare something that will definitely impress (and you even have the recipe for when you’re asked for it!).
For next week, I have a ricotta and mozzarella stuffed tart, steak and blue cheese salad, and a seasonal fruit selection coming. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes for us. But my initial impression is very positive.
If you’d like to give Home Chef a try, use code 30HomeChef to receive $30 off your first order(with that code, you can get two delicious meals for two for less than what you’d pay to go through a drive-thru). It’s really easy to skip weeks or cancel (something I always want to know when signing up for a subscription service). Let me know if you try it!
Update: the hummus-crusted chicken was amazing! So much flavor. This week, we had teriyaki-sriracha glazed chicken with sugar snap peas and cremini mushrooms(I decided to swap out the steak and blue cheese salad for this) and a ricotta and mozzarella cheese tart with blistered grape tomatoes and arugula-carmelized onion salad delivered. I haven’t made the chicken yet, but the cheese tart was fabulous. My biggest endorsement for Home Chef: I’m continuing to order these meals on my own dime.